Applications open for Pressure Chamber competition

The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce is now accepting applications for its eighth annual Pressure Chamber startup initiative, according to a release from the organization. The event will return to an in-person format on Aug. 18 during Forward Festival, a technology and entrepreneurship festival. The program is supported by regional investment firms, as well as the State of Wisconsin Investment Board, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Applicants go through a screening process that may include presentations with investors. A select number of companies will be chosen to pitch to a panel of out-of-state investors, business executives, and a live audience during Forward Fest. The winning company will also get a reserved spot in the chamber’s exclusive Greater Madison startup meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms this fall. Eligible companies must:  

  • Be a member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce  or support local entrepreneurial partner organizations;
  • Be located in Dane County or plan to locate to Dane County by Aug. 18, 2021;
  • Have raised at least $25,000, excluding personal investment by company founders; and
  • Apply by 8 a.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021.